Covert Operations

by George Barany and Kurtis Scaletta

This Thursday-ish puzzle paid tribute, in an usual manner, to a notable 70th anniversary observed on its date of release (pictorial hint to the right). The eleven theme entries for this puzzle are marked with an asterisk (*); they have been clued in a style (30-Across) favoured across the pond. Can you figure out the theme? Our "midrash"—which is embargoed until August 1, 2014—will explain all.  E-mail if you can't wait! Update: This puzzle appeared in the June 2014 issue of Natural Selections, as accessed here.

Click here to view or download the puzzle in PDF format; here to download it as a puz file; here to download it as an ipuz file [requires the free Puzzazz app to solve]; here to solve the puzzle interactively (thanks to Jim Horne); here for the solution. We thank Martin Ashwood-Smith, Steve Bachman, Sabina Brukner, Noam Elkies, Hayley Gold, Todd Gross, Michael Hanko, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Rosalie Moscowitch, and Chris Philpot for beta testing the puzzle and making numerous enlightened suggestions.

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